Transitional to the East African savannah and the western rainforests, Uganda is Africa’s most complete bird watching destination with more than 1000 species recorded with in an area comparable to that of the Great Britain.
Specialist birding tours through western Uganda routinely notch up an incredible tally of 400 species within two weeks, while enthusiastic amateurs might reasonably hope to aim for 300 species within the same time. For dedicated ornithologists, Uganda’s prime attraction is the presence of more than 100 West African forest species at the most easterly-and most accessible-extent of their range.
This alluring of forest specialists includes the psychedelic Great blue Turaco, and the raucous black-and-white casqued Hornbill, as well as the gem-like Green broadbill and 23 other species endemic to the albertine rift. Uganda is the best place to see what many rate as the most sought after African bird: the shoe bill, a massive prehistoric-looking swamp dweller notable for its heavy clog shaped bill.
Birdlife is prolific throughout Uganda, but key sites are included in any of our ornithological itinerary. In the west, we take you to Bwindi national park for albertine Rift endemics, Queen Elizabeth national park for a peerless checklist of 600 bird species, Semliki national park for Congo basin endemics , Mabamba swamp near Entebbe for Shoebill, the community –run guided trail through Bigodi wetland near Kibale forest national park for the great blue Turaco and other colorful forest birds and Murchison falls national park for a savanna specialist such as Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Red throated-Bee-eater and Denham’s bustard.